ACGME Announces its Next Accreditation System

On February 22, 2012, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced the roll-out of its “Next Accreditation System” (NAS) for all graduate medical education (residency and fellowship) programs that hold ACGME accreditation. The ACGME, the accrediting agency for approximately 9,000 residency programs in 133 specialties and subspecialties across the country, anticipates that the NAS will significantly transform the existing accreditation system into a more outcomes-focused and less administratively burdensome process.

According to the ACGME, the NAS will:

•replace the process of site visits and program evaluations every several years with periodic data submissions to the ACGME that include the reporting of outcomes through the educational milestones, the resident survey, a new faculty survey, and operative/case log data...

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